Georgia on My Mind: The Masters Preview

Georgia on My Mind: The Masters Preview

I don’t know about you guys, but these sandwiches must be pretty good if Dustin Johnson, the current #1 golfer in the world, considers them his favorite tradition… and now I want one really bad.

Seriously, I spent the late/early hours looking up the menu for Augusta and even read a food review. Apparently, the pimento sandwiches are incredible as are the egg salad sandwiches.

I’ll give you 3 guesses what my Masters lunch menu looks like and yes, all of them include egg salad.

Anyway, this isn’t a food review, this is a Masters Preview. For me, its the first time watching this tournament since I began playing golf in the old world this year, the days before quarantine. This will be the first time I’ve watched this tournament while kind of, sort of understanding approach shots, club choice, etc. Let me just tell you this, playing golf really enhances the viewing of the sport. And I will always maintain there is nothing better than Major PGA Tour Tournaments on Sunday.

Also, I think Tony Romo is calling the Masters this year? Is this true? If he is, then what is the NFL and why is the NFL? Romo calling golf is going to be freaking amazing.

Golf, as many of you know, is the only sport that was able to pretty quickly resume for the general public due to its natural social distancing and taking play as an individual sport played in groups, but largely outside.

So, there has been some popularity to golf this year. Of course, ratings for all major sports are down since literally everything was on at once, but golf was the first sport to come back, too. The Match Part 2 featuring a scramble with Tiger & Peyton against Phil & Tom Brady graced our television this year.

Then we got to get our first major sports story post-quarantine as the world marveled over Bryson DeChambeau’s now legendary diet.

Fast forward 6 months and its time for the Masters, the Fall Edition.

As far as I know, there has never been an Augusta Tournament on the PGA Tour during the Fall, so the views are going to be so much different than we’re used to.

The foliage will be completely different and the course will play differently. With rain in the forecast and potential winds due to a Tropical Storm heading toward the East Coast, the difficult and sensitive course will be even more difficult this year due to strange circumstances that PGA Tour members are simply not used to.

Currently, the favorites for the Tournament are as follows:

  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Jon Rahm
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Justin Thomas
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Tyrrel Hatton
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Jason Day
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Patrick Reed

Now, I’m going to leave the odds off of this one as that will be covered by our partner site, World Class Sports Betting (also written by me *insert dopey smile here*) but the field is as you’d expect if you’ve kept up with the tour this year.

The hype train has been firmly behind DeChambeau all year. He is able to absolutely bomb drives off the tee and may be using a 48 inch driver this weekend giving him an opportunity to belt drives down the fairy way. Unlike most golfers with deep drive-ability, DeChambeau is significantly more accurate than others.

However, the course will favor those who have careful and accurate approaches between the tee and the green. With rain predicted each day of the tournament, the greens will be softer than usual as will the fairway. The hazards will be even more… hazardous. So, its curious to see that golfers like Jordan Spieth are not amongst the favorites.

Spieth, who has played 24 rounds at Augusta averaging 70.17 through those rounds and nearly a full stroke less than the legends Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. His command of Augusta is something to be considered and he is someone that should be considered as a favorite this year.

Dustin Johnson has been electric in many tournaments this year shooting well below PAR in many tournaments. He is the #1 golfer in the world for a reason. The issue with DJ is that he has a knack for disappearing in big tournaments. Last year, he finished just 1 stroke behind champion Tiger Woods. Just this year, he ended up losing a lead to Colin Morikawa in the PGA Championship.

However, DJ has won multiple times this year at The Travelers Championship, The Northern Trust at TPC Boston, and the Tour Championship. He is also entering this tournament as the 2020 PGA Tour Player of the Year for the second time in his career.

Of course, the reigning, defending, undisputed Masters Champion is Tiger Words. He won last year in an amazing moment, reminding the sports world that there is nothing quite like Tiger, donning his red Nike Tee and black slacks, in the chase on a Sunday Afternoon.

Tiger has been inconsistent this year and often times, not very good. However, you never doubt an all-timer, especially one that is considered to be the best golfer of all time to many.

Will Tiger be in the chase come Sunday or will he miss the cut?

Regardless of what happens, the story around Tiger will be heavily discussed for the first two days of the tournament, at least.

The Masters is an amazing time for golf fans and there are legends born there. The tournament taking place during the Fall makes it extra special, especially considering so many College Football games have been cancelled this weekend in response to Covid.

Who is your favorite to win at Augusta this weekend?

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